In case you’ve ever dreamed about working inside AAA development, The Writer Will Do Something is here to deliver a cold dose of dream-crushing reality. Six months from shipping, your follow-up game to the highly successful ShatterGate(TM) series is facing some serious problems. Josh, your creative director, has called an emergency meeting, ostensibly to discuss the game’s problems but really to point fingers.
The Writer Will Do Something is a Twine game that manages to tap into true horror, horror that everyone can relate to. I dare you not to feel the same kind of panicked deer-in-the-headlights stress that the lead writer does as everyone unanimously blames you for the game’s problems. The sense of betrayal is thick, the urge to murder your coworkers is strong. Is there a way to salvage the meeting and find a solution that makes everyone happy?
My money’s on no.
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I don’t know who you are, player, but I want you, for at least a few minutes, to feel loved.
So writes the developer of Cat Petting Simulator 2014, a game that I entered with low expectations but was pleasantly surprised by. The warm fuzzies are overwhelming. I don’t know what it says about me or my expectations that I expected the cat to seize my hand and claw my palm, or for the toaster oven to burst into flames, or for something to burst through the door, but either way, I’m happy to see that my paranoia was unfounded. Cat Petting Simulator 2014 is really just a short text-based game about petting your cat and making her happy.
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Friend . . . I feel your unease. You shouldn’t think about what could have been, because there aren’t tales we perform the same twice. We’re building new worlds. Even this performance will change—words and images will be different in your memories than when you first heard them.
Doesn’t that comfort you?
Among a sea of Twine games, The Domovoi stands out. Adapted from folklore, it takes the form of a storyteller speaking to an audience, asking them to choose how the story of a mysterious creature known as the domovoi ends. It opens in the middle of winter as a domovoi negotiates with a spider that has come in to escape the cold, but the spider is not the only guest the domovoi has that night, nor is she the most dangerous.
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